Some time ago I saw some leggings with rows of ruffles on them--I kept thinking about them and knew exactly what I wanted to do.
Sew, sew, sew...
The bottom row of ruffles is folded in half to give it a little lift.
For the top/dress I wanted to try shirring again. After eleven rows I finally figured out that I needed to drastically increase the tension on my machine to get the gathering that I wanted.
I have a lot of this purple material--thank goodness my little girl likes purple. The straps are made out of 2 inch bias tape--one continuous strap for each arm--this also finished off the edges on the armholes
Simple and Sweet